March 2009


telnic14Last week, the go-live for the .tel extension started. From then on, everyone who wishes to do so, can register a name under this domain. Only 36 hours after the launch of the go-live, 100,000 .tel names were registered.

As mentioned before, a .tel name offers you the possibility to centralize all your contact information under 1 easy to remember name. And this concept seems to be a great opportunity for many companies. Large companies are happy they can centralize all their contact information of their different entities. Smaller businesses are glad they can put their contact data online without the additional website costs.

The Brazilian registry has announced the release of the extension. In order to guarantee a smooth launch, there will be a 6 month sunrise period. During this period, owners of  a name can register this name under the extension. There’s one restriction, the name needs to be registered before April 6th 2009. The sunrise period starts on April 6th 2009 and ends on October 6th 2009.

The sunrise period will be followed by the landrush. The landrush starts on October 27th 2009 and during this period names will be registered on a first come, first served basis.

The .be registry ( has already given more information about the actions and measures they’re taking to combat the Conficker C virus.

Currently they’re checking every .be name that could be generated by the virus. If one of those names is already registered, they sent an e-mail to the .be registrar who registered those names to warn him or her and provide a list of the names concerned.

Moreover, also isolated 150 non registered domain names that appeared on the list of names that could be generated by the virus.

Several registries are taking measures against the Conficker C virus. The virus is programmed so that it will try to contact his creator through constantly changing domain names under 110 ccTLD’s (country code Top Level Domains). With the previous version of the virus we were talking about 250 domain names per day, with new C variant we’re talking about 50.000 domain names per day. Meanwhile a list, containing domain names the virus might possibly use, has been composed.

This list could be composed because there has been figured out which algorithm the virus uses to contact his creator every day. Every new domain name, which is registered by the virus, is somehow linked to the date on which the name is registered. In the most simple example the virus would try to visit on April 1st. The creator of the virus could register this domain name and leave a message with further instructions for the virus. Of course, it ain’t that simple but through all kinds of mathematic formulas, one has been able to discover a certain pattern in the names the virus will try to register. Like this, a list has been composed.

The Conficker virus itself works as a two-stage rocket. The first part of the virus is nestled worldwide on many Windows platforms that have a critical vulnerability because they haven’t been repaired by the patch of October 2008. The second phase, of which it isn’t exactly clear how it works, would follow around April 1st. The present information indicates that a kind of signed code would be implemented on websites. This would enable a further spread of the virus or the activation of other malicious things.

So now what? To prevent problems, several registries such as the .nl, .be, .ca and registry, are already doing extra checks when someone registered a name, which also appears on the Conficker C list.

SIDN (.nl registry) and Nominet ( registry) are taking approximately the same measures. If one of the names on the list is registered, the application will be checked manually by the registry. If the application is considered ‘suspicious’ the registrar will be contacted to have a closer look.

CIRA (.ca registry) is already isolating all the names that could be possibly registered by the virus within the next 12 months. The names that appear on the list and might already been registered will be checked further.

Next week, (.be registry) will give more information about the measures they’re taking to combat the virus.

telnic1The go-live period of .tel names starts tomorrow. From then on, anyone who wishes to do so, can register a name under this extension. During the go-live, names need to be registered for at least one year and the first come, first served principle will be applied.

A .tel name offers you the chance to centralize all your contact information under one easy to remember name. Besides, a .tel doesn’t need to be associated with a specific website. You can find an overview of the possibilities of a .tel name right here.

A while ago, we already posted an article on this site about the new policy the .be registry introduced against cybersquatting. This seems to be really necessary because cybersquatting is becoming a fast growing problem.

In 2008 WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organisation) received 8% more complaints about cybersquatting compared to 2007.  Cybersquatting means that someone registers your registered trademark or company name, or a name that is confusingly similar. Like this, he or she can keep away potential customers from your website. So it’s quite annoying if you become a victim.

In 2008, WIPO mainly received complaints from medical firms, which became the victim of this phenomenon. But also famous people have to deal with this problem, including soccer team Arsenal, actress Scarlett Johansson and the creators of Bob the Builder.

logoconl-met-achtergrond1Tomorrow the landrush for the starts. This period ends on March 31st. During this period, everyone who wishes to do so, can register a name. During this period, applications will be treated on a best place, first served basis.

This means that the application that appears first on our list, will also be treated first by the registry. The places on our list are based on the first come, first served principle, meaning the sooner you’ll submit your application, the higher your place on our list and the sooner the registry will treat your application.

A while ago the Dutchmen, Joost Zuurbier, licensed the rigths for the .tk extension, which means he can sell this extension. Normally, .tk is the extension for Tokelau, a small island near Australia. But Zuurbier gave this extension another destination.

He’s offering .tk names in Turkey, claiming this is a better country extension than the official .tr extension. And the Turkish people seem to think he’s right. Already 20.000 ‘Turkish’ .tk were registered. This is approximately 1/6 of the total amount of 124.801 registered .tr names.

However, Zuurbier is now making money just by being creative!

A while ago we already posted on this site that .mobi was considering to release 1 and 2 character domain names. A few days ago, they did give away the first 2 character domain name.

The name they awarded was and was given to the Fifth Third Bank in Cincinnati. With Fifth Third Mobile Banking, customers can use their mobile phones to view information such as account balances and pending and posted transactions.